Stephen Darby is a professional football player, who was born on October 6, 1988 in Liverpool, England. His father has been a constant source of encouragement and support to him.
His passion for the sport of football made Stephen Darby to join the Liverpool Football Club’s youth academy in the Under-9 level. Steve Heighway, the then Academy Director of the Reds’ youth academy, trained the talented young footballer and has played a major role in honing the skills of Stephen Darby. Being a good defender, he follows simple style but has showcased some attacking displays in matches of the 2006 Football Association (FA) Youth Cup. He captained the side and his remarkable performances helped the team to win the 2006 FA Youth Cup. Being an indispensable member of the youth team, he played a significant part in fetching the FA Youth Cup consecutively in 2007 also.
Having progressed through the youth ranking system of the Melwood, Stephen Darby along with his fellow-mates, Craig Lindfield, Ryan Flynn, Robbie Threlfall and David Roberts, was sent to train with the Gary Ablett’s reserve team squad in 2006. Impressed with his outstanding performances, dependability and strength, he was named on the substitutes’ bench for the Champions League group matches in December 2006. Thrilled on being selected, Stephen Darby travelled to Turkey to be a part of the first team squad in the Champions League tie against the Galatasaray Spor Kulübü (S.K.), a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul.
After a four-hour flight, from Istanbul to Liverpool, Stephen Darby went straight to the Hawthorns ground and played the full game including the extra-time. Being a dedicated player, he helped his side to a 2-1 win against the home team, West Bromwich Albion FC. With Stephen Darby as the captain, the Liverpool reserves team played in the final match of the Dallas Cup against the Mexican team, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL). The Reds’ reserves team defeated the Tigres UANL and took away the Dallas Cup in March 2008. Stephen Darby, the winning skipper, collected the trophy from Tom Hicks, a Dallas businessman, who owns fifty percent of the Liverpool FC. In that year, two months after the victory at Hawthorns, the Liverpool reserves team managed to secure a 3-0 win against Aston Villa at the Anfield association football stadium. With the dual responsibilities of a skipper and defender, Stephen Darby helped his team to bag the national reserve league trophy.
As a reserves team player of the Reds’, he aspires to improve his form with a few matches and later achieve his dream of becoming a regular player of the Liverpool Football Club’s first team.
Despite coming from a family of Everton FC supporters, Stephen Darby has always been a Liverpool fan. His role model is Steve Finnan, a former defender in the Liverpool FC’s squad, who Stephen Darby considers to be one of the best defender in the English Premiership.
This talented young defender of the Liverpool FC is a promising player to look out for in the future.